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The Leopard

Spine #235



Release:
Jun 8, 2004
$49.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • 2.20:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Leopard

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Directed By: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli
Licensor: 20th Century Fox

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Making its long-awaited U.S. home video debut, Luchino Visconti's The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy's Risorgimento-when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d'Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the film in two distinct versions: Visconti's original Italian version, and the alternate English-language version released in America in a newly restored special edition.

Supplements
  • Includes both the American and Italian versions
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • A Dying Breed: The Making of The Leopard, a new hour-long documentary featuring interviews with Claudia Cardinale, screenwriter Suso Ceccho D'Amico, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, filmmaker Sydney Pollack, and many others
  • Interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo
  • An exclusive video interview with professor Millicent Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania on the history behind The Leopard
  • Original theatrical trailers and newsreels
  • Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos
  • A new essay by author and film historian Michael Wood

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